CCD: Tell us about your experience. What were your responsibilities?
Brooke: My main responsibility was to manage the online presence of my company. I did everything from managing our company Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts to writing blogs for our website.
CCD: How did you find the position?
Brooke: I found this position on Indeed.com. After I got the position I found out that I got it because my previous experience was very concentrated on one aspect of my field, digital marketing. I was told that other candidates that were communications and public relations majors didn’t have a focus in their experience; it was all random. They were impressed that I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do in the communications world.
I visited COM Career Services prior to applying for internships to have my resume reviewed.
CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?
Brooke: I really couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I got along with everyone in my office, and I gained invaluable experience over the course of my time there. My best and my worst go hand-in-hand I suppose. I was frustrated that I wasn’t getting paid, but most internships don’t pay, so it wasn’t the worst thing in the world. But I did get paid in experience. I now have lots of different software skills added to my resume, and that will set me apart from my future competitors in job searching.
CCD: What is one thing you’ve learned that will benefit any future internships or other hands-on experiences?
Brooke: Ask if there’s anything else you can do. I found that I didn’t have enough work to occupy my time, so I asked if I could take anything off my boss’ plate. She started giving me more responsibilities, and eventually they promoted me because I was doing more than their other interns. Although my internship was a summer program, I still currently work there.
CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this experience?
Brooke: One would definitely have to be the software that I am now capable of using. It is software that is ubiquitous in the communications world, and now I can say I know how to navigate it and use it effectively. Another thing I learned is teamwork in a professional setting. It’s definitely not the same as group projects in school. There can’t be that one person that slacks off and the others will pick it up. Everyone has to do their share. Finally, I learned a lot about staying organized. When you’re working for in a professional setting, you need to keep track of everything. Everything is important.
CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?
Brooke: It has only confirmed that I am doing what I want to be doing.
CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of a summer experience?
Brooke: Ask if you can do more!
CCD: What’s next for you?
Brooke: I will be graduating in December, so I am currently on the job hunt. Ideally, I would love to work for an agency in Boston, but I am open to working anywhere in the country!